Rent-to-own Milwaukee: LEARN HOW TO QUALIFY

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The qualification process for our rent to own homes in Milwaukee as well as our traditional rental units can take about a week after you've submitted a complete application, but depends on how quickly you can gather important documents, complete each step, and meet. Ownership is also a much bigger commitment towards your financial goals and stability. You must have already decided that you would rather own instead of rent. Hopefully, you’ve already learned what Strong Blocks is all about and the benefits of our 21-month rent-to-own program.

You will need to complete your application for a specific property on our properties webpage, and upload a picture of your ID, social security card, and proof of income inside the online application. Each person in the household 18-years old or older will have to complete a separate application and is required to pay a $25 application fee, which you can be paid within each online application.  

AS A RENTER-ONLY APPLICANT, You can download our Rental Pre-qualification Checklist Here for guidance through the rental only application process.

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AS A RENT TO OWN APPLICANT, you will be a renter and an owner, so you must qualify as a renter and also understand completely each aspect of our homeownership program using the following steps as a guide.

  1. Click here to download your Pre-Qualification Checklist.  Please review this so you understand the process of qualifying as a renter and towards homeownership.
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  2. Schedule your showing with Strong Blocks to identify a property that you like, meet a Strong Blocks representative, and learn more about out how to apply.

    Schedule showing with Milwaukee Rent to Own Program or Rental Housing

  3. Complete an application after you've selected a property from our available properties webpage that qualifies for our 21-month rent to own program.  After our credit and background check you'll be required to submit any documents that you did not already submit in your online application (QUICK TIP: uploading your documents to your online application saves a LOT of time on your application process).  The full list of documents that may apply to you and your family are included in our Pre-Qualification Checklist.  These additional documents can be emailed to, or collected at the Rent to Own Overview Meeting described below. 

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  4. Once your application is "pre-approved", you'll schedule your Rent to Own Overview Meeting with Strong Blocks to learn what additional paperwork you need to qualify, learn more about the cost of renting vs. owning your new home, and to assess if you, the property, and our 21-month rent to own program are a good fit.  The overview meeting typically takes 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on your questions and you leave with a detailed overview packet, draft buying plan, and financial details on your selected property.  Email us when you are ready at

  5. Submit your remaining documents to get final approval and make your final decision.

  6. Schedule your contract closing to sign all the final rent to own documents and pay at least $2500 to move in right away and get your new keys.


RENT TO OWN OR IF RENTING ONLY: Application with Strong Blocks

PRIOR TO BECOMING AN OWNER, we ask that you consider working directly with one or more of the following three financial coaching and Hombuyer Counseling Agencies,


We will also likely connect you to one or more of the following financial institutions that currently work with our rent to own program,


You will always be free to choose any financial coach and lender.  The program partners above are working currently with families in the program and many thousands of others to become homeowners each year.

SUBMIT your contact information below so we can keep in touch and help you qualify for our available housing even if nothing today interests you or you aren't yet ready to move,